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1‘the local children taunted and mocked the old people in the home’
ridicule, jeer at, sneer at, deride, treat with contempt, treat contemptuously, scorn, make fun of, poke fun at, laugh at, make jokes about, laugh to scorn, scoff at, pillory, be sarcastic about, tease, taunt, make a monkey of, rag, chaff, jibe at
NZ Australian chiack
informal kid, rib, josh, twit
British informal wind up, take the mickey out of
British vulgar slang take the piss out of
North American informal goof on, rag on, razz, pull someone's chain
NZ Australian informal poke mullock at, sling off at
dated make sport of
2‘they still mock the slow way he speaks’
parody, ape, guy, take off, caricature, satirize, lampoon, imitate, mimic
informal send up, spoof
1‘a mock leather armchair’
imitation, artificial, man-made, manufactured, simulated, synthetic, ersatz, plastic, so-called, fake, false, faux, reproduction, replica, facsimile, dummy, model, toy, make-believe, sham, spurious, bogus, counterfeit, fraudulent, forged, pseudo, pretended
informal pretend, phoney
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